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Tuberville Delivers Startling Military Analysis: ‘I Don’t Know Who’s Running Our Country’

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Six weeks after finally releasing the last of his nearly-year-long blockade on hundreds of military positions, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) is now offering up a startling analysis after three U.S. service members were killed and more than 30 injured in Jordan when confusion appears to have led to an enemy drone slipping through U.S. defenses.

Senator Tuberville, who did not serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, was quick to blame President Joe Biden on Monday for the loss of the three U.S. soldiers, while also declaring he doesn’t “know who’s running our country,” and falsely claiming that Iran doesn’t know where the U.S. stands, while alleging that “possibly” President Biden could be facing criminal prosecution, although he did not say for what crime.

“Because if you don’t make a decision, and let them know where you stand, which Iran doesn’t know where we stand, because we kind of ride the fence,” Sen. Tuberville said falsely.

On Sunday, within hours of the drone strike that killed U.S. service members, President Biden issued a statement vowing to strike back at a target and time “of our choosing.” Vowing to “not cease,” the Commander-in-Chief also called the attack on U.S. forces, “despicable and wholly unjust.” President Biden said the service members were “risking their own safety for the safety of their fellow Americans, and our allies and partners with whom we stand in the fight against terrorism,” as the Associated Press reports.

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“Same thing is going on in Israel right now,” Tuberville also claimed, weaving one of several conspiracy theories. “A lot of this is happening because it’s taking the pressure off what Israel is doing.”

The Guardian reports “Iranian backed militia took credit for attack that injured 34 troops and killed first US soldiers since start of Gaza conflict,” making Tuberville’s analysis questionable.

“I think Joe Biden probably likes that,” Tuberville continued, before alleging President Biden might be facing criminal prosecution, for a reason he did not offer. “All the things happening here in our country, the border, Joe Biden, criminally possibly could be looking at a court case in the very near future, all that is takin’ the light off what’s going on here.”

Serving up another conspiracy theory, Tuberville also told Newsmax that U.S. Armed Forces under President Biden will “probably go out and bomb some small farm somewhere around Syria. It won’t make any difference, just like they did in Yemen. I mean, we we bombed places that had been bombed 10 years ago. So it just it’s just the policy that they have. They’re scared to death that they will upset Iran because money somehow someway is making it back to somebody in United States and I don’t know where it’s coming from or who’s who’s getting this money.”

And in another conspiracy theory, Sen. Tuberville announced, “this country is running on autopilot. There’s no leadership. We have nobody in Washington, D.C. that has the has the steering wheel that says this is the direction we’re gonna go,” and added: “I don’t know who’s running our country, to be honest with you. It’s getting to be a very serious situation where everybody’s looking around and going, well, who’s gonna make this decision? Republicans aren’t gonna make the decision. Tom Cotton said he’d like to do that. Lindsey Graham. We have no say so it’s all the Democrats they’re making all these decisions and look at the mess we’re in.”

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As recently as last week Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer partnered with U.S. Republican Senate Minority Leader on a border and Ukraine funding bill drafted by U.S. Senator Jim Lankford (R-OK).

“So, we’ve got we’ve got to make decisions in the White House, but we have no – as a Republican, we have no voice. I mean, they’re not gonna listen to us. We’re just kind of sitting back. Lindsey Graham is screaming bomb ’em, bomb ’em, bomb ’em. We need to find out who did it first. But the first thing we need to do is blockade. Don’t let them have any more money. Take them oil money away from ’em. Let’s break them, that’s what President Trump would do, but they didn’t ever done this under President Trump. They were scared to death and they’re not scared of Joe Biden.”

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Arrested Again: Ex-FBI Informant and GOP Former Star Witness Alexander Smirnov

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Alexander Smirnov, the former FBI informant who was arrested just eight days ago and charged with lying to the Bureau about Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, has again been arrested, his lawyers state in an emergency court filing Thursday.

Smirnov allegedly used Russian intelligence to smear the Bidens, falsely claiming both Joe Biden and Hunter Biden had each accepted $5 million bribes. His claims were the basis of House Republicans’ impeachment investigation into President Biden.

But as NBC News’ Tom Winter reported, it’s a “mystery,” at least for now, why Smirnov was arrested again, his lawyers say, on the same charges as the first time.

Winter says earlier today at his attorneys’ offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, “Apparently agents showed up with a valid arrest warrant out of the Central District of California and took him into custody, but according to his attorneys, it was for the same exact indictment and the same exact charges that he had been previously hit with.”

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CNN adds that the warrant “this time” was “signed by federal district Judge Otis Wright, who will oversee the criminal case out of California.”

The federal government asked for Smirnov to be detained but a magistrate judge allowed him to be released last week.

Winter reports that Smirnov’s attorneys say “they would like to know why” he was re-arrested, “and there’s no indication on the docket that the judge has granted some sort of emergency motion to remand him, basically to pull him off the streets because he’s violated his agreement.”

“So a bit of a mystery at this point,” Winter adds.

CNN notes that after his first arrest, “Smirnov was released by Magistrate Judge Daniel Albregts in Nevada on Tuesday with several conditions, including GPS monitoring and the surrender of his two passports.”

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Politico’s Kyle Cheney posted the arrest warrant. See it below or at this link.

 

Image: Screenshot of Smirnov with his face hidden from camera view

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‘Reached His Limits’: Engoron ‘Brings the Hammer Down’ on Trump Attorney

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New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron has refused a “last ditch effort” from Donald Trump’s attorney to delay imposing the $355 million judgment in Attorney General Letitia James’ civil business fraud case against the ex-president.

“Once the judgment is officially entered, it will start the 30-day clock for Trump to file an appeal. During that period, Trump will need to put up cash or post bond to cover the $355 million and roughly $100 million in interest he was ordered to pay the state,” CNN reports.

MSNBC legal correspondent Lisa Rubin pointed to an email Judge Engoron sent Trump’s attorney Clifford Robert that reads in part, “You have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay.”

On social media Rubin notes, “Judge Engoron has reached his limits. It appears that he has signed the judgment and that all that needs to happen now is for the clerk to enter it.”

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On-air at MSNBC, Rubin explained that Trump’s attorney asked Engoron “to stay the judgment without Donald Trump having to post a bond.”

Robert, according to Rubin, tried to use “a technicality in New York Civil Practice saying they should have filed a motion and they didn’t file a motion, they should have given us notice. We should have been able to counter propose our own judgment.”

Engoron, she continues, asked, “‘What exactly are you objecting to?’ And when Trump’s lawyers couldn’t articulate beyond a small but meaningful error with respect to the calculation of interest for Allen Weisselberg, that was the only real error that they identified. They couldn’t come up with anything else.”

“That’s when Engoron sort of dropped the hammer on them and said, ‘look, enough is enough. You have given me no reason for a stay.”

Rubin notes that at this point, “We’re just waiting for the clerk to start that 30 day clock.”

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Nikki Haley Just Laid the Groundwork to Endorse Donald Trump

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Down in the polls by double digits, former Trump UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who recently took off the kid gloves and has been battering her Republican opponent Donald Trump, just laid the groundwork to endorse the man she calls “unstable and unhinged,” by labeling President Joe Biden “more dangerous.”

“I think what’s really important is to know that the majority of Americans dislike Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” Haley told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in remarks that aired Thursday (audio below). “So we think that there needs to be an alternative.”

“While critical of both men — who she called ‘too old’ to be president — she said ‘Biden is more dangerous’ due to his management of immigration and the economy,” NPR reports. “Haley hinted that, if Biden and Trump were to face a rematch, she would back Trump if he wins the Republican presidential nomination.”

Trump, despite facing 91 criminal felony charges and civil judgments totaling possibly more than a half-billion dollars (including accruing interest,) is beating Haley, the former South Carolina governor. FiveThirtyEight‘s national polling average puts Trump at 77.7% and Haley at 16.4%. Even in her home state, Donald Trump is trouncing Nikki Haley, 63% to 35% in one recent poll, and 63% to 34% in another.

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Haley did beat the one-term twice-impeached four-times indicted ex-president in January fundraising, a feat some strategists say will allow her to stay in the race longer.

Haley is going directly after Trump, and “launched her sharpest attack yet Tuesday, describing him as getting ‘more unstable and unhinged,'” AFP reported.

“He’s getting meaner and more offensive by the day,” she added. “He’s completely distracted, and everything is about him. He’s so obsessed with his demons in the past that he can’t focus on the future Americans deserve.”

She did not stop there.

“It’s not normal to spend $50 million dollars in campaign contributions on personal court cases,” Haley told supporters. “It’s not normal to threaten people who back your opponent, and it’s not normal to call on Russia to invade NATO countries.”

And yet, despite promising her base she will stay in the race even after South Carolina, and despite attacking Trump, Haley is now paving the way to endorse her former boss.

“I have a lot of concerns about Trump regaining the presidency. I have even more concerns about Joe Biden being president. I mean, you look at both of these men and all they have done is given us chaos, all they have given us is division,” Haley told NPR.  “We need to starting bringing normalcy back to America and that’s why I think we need to have a new generational leader that focuses on the solutions of the future instead of all the issues of the past.”

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Haley “compared the ex-president to a ‘bully,’ and stressed that he failed to obtain significant portions of the electorate in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“People don’t like when he goes off the teleprompter and says crazy things like he’d rather take Putin’s side over our allies,” she said. “People don’t like it when he mocks the military. People don’t like it when he calls people names.”

Some think an endorsement from Haley for Donald Trump won’t come.

“Haley endorsing Trump would be career ending for her. MAGA will never support her now. You can’t staddle this. You are either Trump or Never Trump. There is no middle ground between Liz Cheney and Donald Trump,” says former Washington State lawmaker and former state GOP chair Chris Vance, who opposes Donald Trump and describes himself as “a politically homeless Never Trump Conservative.”

Listen to Haley’s remarks to NPR below or at this link.

Image: Haley and Trump in 2020.

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